I was so unbelievably excited when I was chosen to be on this tour. From the moment I saw the cover for INDELIBLE and read its description I just knew I was going to love this book.
It sounded dark. And magical. And maybe, perhaps, just a little bit different. All qualities I love, love, love in books. And it was all of those things and more.
I devoured it practically the instant it downloaded to my Kindle. I just had to meet this Indelible Ink and see just why his mark branded Joy Malone as his property. And I absolutely loved meeting Ink, Joy, Inq and the rest of the fascinating characters in this first book in the series.
While Ink wasn’t at all what I expected, I loved him for being so unexpected. And while the story was much different than I imagined it would be, I loved that it could surprise me and I loved the way it surprised me.
I loved all the unexpected elements… and characters… in this story, actually. And I’m totally stoked to have one of this story’s more interesting characters on the blog today talking about the book and the world of the Twixt.
Graus Claude is rather difficult to describe. He’s this mix of hideous and refined, mild-mannered and dangerous. But he is most definitely a fascinating character, as you will see from his guest post, below.
And with a title such as he has – Bailiwick of the Twixt, comptroller of the edge between the worlds – I suppose he might just be a little bit arrogant. Still… I kind of adore him.
But before I completely hijack this post with my own ramblings that could devolve into major spoiler reveals if I don’t put myself in check, I think I’ll just turn this over to G.C. now. Though I thought it might help to include the book’s description before you read more about it in G.C.’s post.
So without any further ado….
About the book
INDELIBLE (The Twixt #1) by Dawn Metcalf
Coming July 30, 2013
A young girl’s life is forever changed when she is marked by a mysterious fae boy and drawn into the fantastical and dangerous world of the Twixt in INDELIBLE, the first book in the stunningly powerful The Twixt fantasy series by Dawn Metcalf.
Some things are permanent. Indelible. And they cannot be changed back. Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye.
Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep and a life that will never be the same.
Now Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes there are no mistakes.
Metcalf’s unique style and distinct voice add layers to a complex plot and create a fascinating romance that readers will find unforgettable.
INDELIBLE will be available wherever books are sold and at Harlequin.com.
The Guest Post
“A Note from Graus Claude”
Indelible is a story. Never forget that. It is a story and it is not real. You should not put any stock in the creative ramblings of the author nor should you come with any expectations that it reflects in any way the truth. There is no truth. That is the nature of fiction.
That said, the Twixt—as it is described within these pages—is a collection of the last vestiges of magic in the world, pockets of power that join the human world to that of the Folk, people who should be considered not so much “persons” as “myth.” Without one world, there cannot be the other and thus they are bound together through prophecy, obligation and ancient pacts. These bonds are safeguarded by those persons known as the Scribes, Indelible Ink and Invisible Inq, who mark humans the way the Folk once marked the land, as belonging to the Twixt. Therefore the “setting” of this narrative includes everything from a refurbished grand carousel to a North Carolinian flat to a hotel suite in Toyko and a shepherd’s hut in Ireland and hundreds, if not thousands, of people in-between. Unclear? Yes, well, that is the nature of fiction as well.
Far be for me to give credence to it. It is, after all, merely a fanciful tale, undoubtedly dreamed up by the overactive imagination of the author whom, I understand, is a housewife with a rather peculiar personal history and a penchant for mythology. The story itself is one that encompasses magic and mystery, the suspenseful and fantastic, honor, betrayal, and, undoubtedly, romance as that seems to be a popular genre nowadays. I despair the loss of the classics, but that is progress for you—time marches on and is, alas, often unkind.
Monsters? I read no monsters in these pages. Rather, perhaps a failure to recognize “difference” as anything other than “otherness,” which I will kindly attribute to a lack of worldly vision and proper upbringing. Indeed, it is as if the author lacked basic Sight, which would explain much but not all of the inconsistencies. For example, if there were, in fact, a comptroller who had positioned him- or herself between worlds, why would such a being live in a brownstone of all places? Why not somewhere more exotic or far-reaching? Cairo, perhaps, or Beijing? Why attribute someone as paradoxical as a mute bodyguard/manservant to his keeping? A gentleman’s gentleman should be attentive and loyal, yes, but also one would think that speech might be a desirable qualification. It stretches the boundaries of plausibility, in my mind. And another thing: to dismiss the expert craftsmanship involved in procuring a wardrobe of traditional silk smoking jackets and exquisitely hand-tailored suits for an eight foot tall amphibian with four arms is nothing short of criminally lax. These efforts fall grievously short if one wishes to properly convey the necessary details for a major character. Clearly, the author is ignorant of the subtle complexities of living in two disparate worlds while simultaneously maintaining a sense of proper decorum in both.
If the Twixt were real, which, of course, it isn’t.
Post Script: Lastly, but perhaps most egregious, a toad is a warty, muddy-complected amphibian while a frog is a wholly different animal, sporting of a variety of colors and textures and hailed by cultures worldwide as a symbol of fecundity, fertility, virility, prosperity and good fortune. Not everyone wears their years with grace. It would behoove Ms. Metcalf to remember that.
About the Author
About Dawn Metcalf
The role of Dawn Metcalf will be played by the tall brunette in the off-the-shoulder, floor-length leather straitjacket. Makeup by Clinique, buckles by Jada Pinkett Smith, hair by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
I have no good excuse for the way I write. I lived in a normal, loving suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, I’ve been clearly corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humor and graphic novels. As a result, I write dark, quirky and sometimes humorous speculative fiction.
There are TWO seriously awesome giveaways included as part of this tour.
Giveaway #1 is for a chance to win ONE copy of INDELIBLE.
Giveaway #2 is for a chance to win an INDELIBLE inspired Grand Prize Package.
*** Giveaway is US/Canada ONLY***
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The Tour Schedule
For all the details about the tour, visit Kismet Book Touring’s INDELIBLE tour page, HERE.